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13 Caribbean Cocktails to Try

I love serving Caribbean cocktails because they instantly take you to a sunny island with their fresh, vibrant flavors. These drinks mix rum, coconut, and tropical fruits, creating a perfect escape. They’re ideal for any celebration, from backyard parties to beach gatherings. Everyone finds something to enjoy, thanks to the variety ranging from light refreshments to stronger sips. Plus, using fresh, local fruits in these cocktails celebrates the Caribbean’s rich natural offerings. I highly recommend exploring these recipes for your next event.

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Mojito

classic mojito garnish with the lime wedge and a few mint leaves.

The mojito is a refreshing Cuban cocktail incorporating white rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and crushed mint leaves. Muddle the mint leaves before adding the ice and rum to bring out the minty taste. That’s it! Top with club soda and be whisked away to the warm nights of the Caribbean.


Blue Lagoon

blue lagoon cocktail

The Blue Lagoon is a hearty tribute to the stunning blue Caribbean Sea. This cocktail is delightful and exotic, mixing vodka, blue curaçao, and lemonade. Give a shake, pour over ice, add a cherry and lemon wheel for a garnish, and what could be more uncomplicated or more refreshing?


Painkiller

painkiller cocktail with ingredients

This five-step drink is a trendy drink found in the Caribbean. It’s a fruity mix of pineapple, orange, and cream of coconut, combined with rum and a dash of nutmeg. Toss around in a shaker, strain into a small glass, and bring the tropics to you!


Bahama Mama

Boozy Refreshing Rum Bahama Mama Cocktail with ingredients

Are you dreaming of the Caribbean breeze grazing your face? This tasty tropical treat could not be easier to whip to achieve that vision. All you need are a few rums—dark, light, coconut—pineapple, orange juice, and a splash of grenadine. Pour over a glass filled with crushed ice for the ideal island drink.


Piña Colada

Pina Colada Cocktail

Do you like a Piña Colada and, well, you know the rest? Making one at home is easy. All you need to do is mix your favorite rum with pineapple juice and coconut cream, Add a dash of lime juice and toss into a blender with some ice. Pour into a hurricane glass for an authentic feel and garnish with a pineapple wedge for a Caribbean feel, even on a rainy day.


Daiquiri

Classic Lime Daiquiri Cocktail with a Garnish

If you like rum, then a Daiquiri is for you. Designed to drink neat, this classic concoction is a potent cocktail. The ingredients are straightforward; mix light rum with freshly squeezed lime juice and simple syrup. Give it a shake in a martini shaker with ice and strain it into a martini glass.


Zombie Cocktail

a glass of zombie cocktail with recipe ingredients on the background

A Zombie is a classic Caribbean drink with three different rums guaranteed to deliver a strong punch. Mix the three rums—gold, dark, and overproof—with lime, grapefruit juices, and falernum syrup. Then add sweet grenadine, Pernod, and a dash of bitters. Blend together for magic!


Cuba Libre

cuba libre rum and coke

A rum and coke? That’s it? Well, not really. To get the quintessential Caribbean vibe, you need to use a white rum and a touch of lime juice. The combination of the spicy cola flavors, with the tropical flavors of rum and the cut of lime, captures the Caribbean in a glass.


Dark ‘n Stormy

dark n stormy cocktail with goslings rum, ginger beer, and lime in background

A Dark and Stormy is simple to make and packed with flavor. Even though it blends dark rum and ginger beer, the tang and warmth are not overpowering but refreshing and delicious. Add the ginger beer into a glass filled with ice and top off with the rum. Garnish it with a lime wedge, and voila!


Caribbean Sunset

Caribbean Sunset
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Do you dream of relaxing on a Caribbean beach, watching the sun nestle behind the captivating ocean but are stuck in any place but there? Then a Caribbean Sunset cocktail may be the answer to your dream. This incredibly light rum drink is effortless to make. Just combine your favorite coconut rum with pineapple juice, a dash of lime juice, and grenadine for aesthetics, and off you drift into your tropical fantasy.


Caribbean Rum Punch

Caribbean Rum Punch
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After one sip of this sweet tropical rum punch, you’ll feel like you’ve been swept away by the salty Caribbean ocean. Made with Gold Rum, pineapple, orange juices, grenadine for hue, and a dash of bitters, you have a charmingly fruity cocktail for any occasion. If you want to spice up this cocktail, try adding a spiced dark rum for a kick.


Caribbean Breeze

Caribbean Breeze
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This fabulous drink is sweet, fruity, and so easy to create. Blend tropical-flavored vodkas like orange, raspberry, and coconut with orange and pineapple juice, and you have a Caribbean beach in a glass. Drop in grenadine and garnish with an orange wedge; close your eyes, and you can almost feel the sand between your toes.


Goombay Smash

Goombay Smash
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Concocted with spiced and coconut rums, apricot brandy, and orange and pineapple juices, the iconic Goombay Smash will put you in the laid-back Caribbean vibe. The secret to perfection is to shake the cocktail in a martini shaker until a thick foam emerges at the top.


A vibrant Caribbean cocktail. The cocktail, in the foreground, is served in a tall, tropical glass, brimming with a colorful, fruity drink in shades of blue and green, reminiscent of the Caribbean sea. It's garnished with a slice of pineapple, a maraschino cherry, and a colorful paper umbrella. On a sandy table, there are also a small coconut shell filled with tropical fruits and a pair of sunglasses. The background features a breathtaking beach scene with white sands, clear blue water, and a row of palm trees. The sky is bright and sunny, adding to the tropical paradise vibe of the setting.

13 Caribbean Cocktail Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.8 from 4 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: caribbean cocktails
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Explore fresh, vibrant Caribbean cocktails for a sunny island escape.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

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In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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